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Where the V-Moda Remix Remote earphones will most divide opinion is their tendency towards a bass-biased output, rather than the more neutral reproduction some rival 'phones offer. Obviously it's not an objectively right or wrong decision on V-Moda's part, but it's an important consideration.
Listen to rock or pop tracks and that bassy output can really work, though. Giving AFI's Crash Love a run through there was less clarity than through the similarly priced Etymotic Research hf2 headset, but at the same time there was more kick and presence. Considering how anaemic the iPhone's output is at the best of times that extra oomph doesn't go amiss.
This bassy flavouring isn't entirely successful. If you're listening to more delicate music - say some classic Django Reinhardt - you'll notice the slightly muddied high end accompanying that powerful low response. It is, as ever, a matter of personal preference. Chuck on a bit of Rihanna or Pendulum while forgoing the Mozart and Beethoven and the V-Moda Remix Remote earphones will serve you well.
Really the only stumbling point is the Remix Remote's compatibility list. For some reason, the in-line microphone is only compatible with the iPhone 3GS. As such, while I was able to use Voice Control on my latest-generation iPod touch, I couldn't make or answer phone calls on my iPhone 3G. The controls still work, so it's not a complete disaster, at least, but it is an inexplicable annoyance.
The V-Moda Remix Remote earphones do a good job of beefing up the normally lacklustre output of the iPhone and iPod range. The lack of compatibility with older models is a small nuisance, but if your Apple device is new enough these will make a competent upgrade to its god-awful bundled 'phones.
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